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Hidden Talent in the Snowy Fields of Sugar Grove


A recent drive on the snow-covered country roads took me to the Gardner Farm in Sugar Grove.  In a toasty warm woodshed, I met local artist Dustin Gardner.  Often, I have written about how many talented locals are in Warren County and Dustin showed me just that!  Dustin became interested in creating art out of wood approximately 8 years ago when he started working for a local tree service company.  Dustin started hand carving wood and within the past few years bought a lathe.  Dustin creates beautiful wood bowls, wood jars, wood bottle openers and wood and slate coasters just to name a few of his creations.  The peaceful 80-acre farm seemed an appropriate place to let one’s creativity flow.  Dustin stated that he prefers working with sumac as it is unique and different.  Dustin also likes working with Cherry and Burl wood.  Dustin does not let the leftover burls go to waste.  He uses them for bedding for the chickens and gardening.


  As I looked over Dustin’s creations, I realized how unique each piece was from swirl patterns, shape, size, and other characteristics. His work consists of pieces that will last a lifetime.  As in many local families, Dustin’s creativity has been passed on to his 12-year-old son.  Dustin’s son spends time with him in his workshop and has started creating his own work.  The duo may also try their hands at blacksmithing. I can’t wait to see what else Dustin will come up with! 

  Warren County is so full of many talented individuals such as Dustin.  Please consider our local talent rather than a chain for gifts and décor.  You will certainly get a better-quality item made to last while helping Warren County’s local economy.  Many of the creations by our local artisans would cost several times more if purchased in a large city.  Thank you, Dustin, for being a welcoming host and allowing me a behind the scenes look at your workshop.  If you would like to see more of Dustin’s work, it can be found at Beauty Boutique at 305 Hickory Street in Warren or at William’s Place at 117 N. Center Street in Corry, PA.  Dustin also has displayed his work at local craft shows. You can also view more of Dustin’s work on his Facebook page, “Gardners Turnin N Burnin”.  When visiting Warren County, you won’t want to miss shopping for beautiful creations such as Dustin’s.  Stop in or contact us to find out about our small businesses that carry local artisan work and the events where you can find them.  Warren County has everything you need!

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